If you didn’t catch Chimamanda Adichie on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah last week, we suggest you stop what you are doing immediately, and get to watching now. Introducing her latest book, Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions, she shared her thoughts on what it means to be a feminist today, and how one might pass these perspectives on to children – not just our daughters, but especially our sons.
As is usual for Chimamanda, one of the strongest feminist role-models of our time, she captivated the audience with her eloquence and style. Continuing to support fashion designers and labels in Nigeria through her Instagram account and #projectwearnigerian, she attended The Daily Show with Trevor Noah wearing the Simi dress created by Lola Agbaje, the designer behind the popular Lola Baéj brand. The Simi dress, which is part of Lola Baéj’s debut collection, “Table of Opposites” has a body-hugging, extremely flattering cut with a modest neckline and curious 3D cut details, making this piece an immediate eye-catcher, especially on the likes of Chimamanda Adichie.
This isn’t the first time Chimamanda has worn one of Lola Baéj’s designs. Last month, Chimamanda attended the Dublin International Literary Festival in Ireland wearing what she described as a “playful, joyous, sure” dress in two contrasting shades of green. The playfulness of the design is highlighted by the beautiful swing-skirt of the dress, and a single, cold-shoulder complemented by a strappy, criss-cross pattern of fabric-straps reaching from wrist to armpit.
The Lola Baéj brand took over the Nigerian fashion scene last year when it debuted its first collection, “Table of Opposites”, a striking collection emphasizing the duality of life that focuses on “detailed pieces that capture a woman’s femininity, a woman’s strength and a woman’s confidence.” The collection, which focuses entirely on black and white respectively, as well as contrasting pieces, evokes “an offshoot of our everyday life,” according to Agbaje. “Life is a series of back and forth, good and bad, day and night, friend and foe, love and hate, black and white.”
The made-to-order to brand continues to thrive on its uniquely daring designs and has also incorporated Ankara print pieces as of late. Offering Ankara print blazers, dresses and pencil skirts in varying colours and patterns, you will be sure to find your perfect match.